- The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2) reveals that, in India, around 29.6% of men and 12.8% of women currently use smokeless tobacco.
- Moreover, around 21.4% (199.4 million) of all adults consume some or the other kind of smokeless tobacco.
- While 11% people consume Khaini, and 50% purchase loose smokeless tobacco.
- Compared to Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-1), the prevalence of smokeless tobacco has seen a declining trend in India. But, still, a staggering 21% people consume smokeless tobacco.
The Tata-Singapore joint-venture, Air Vistara has banned the consumption of gutkha (tobacco) on-board its flights.
Air Vistara’s CSCO, Sanjiv Kapoor tweeted saying, “At @airvistara, we take the environment seriously. The 50% on board disposable plastics reduction and low emissions aircraft are just a start. Cleanliness at all times is part of our mantra. We have also banned chewing tobacco or ‘gutka’ consumption on board and at our facilities.”
At @airvistara, we take the environment seriously. The 50% on board disposable plastics reduction and low emissions aircraft are just a start. Cleanliness at all times is part of our mantra. We have also banned chewing tobacco or “gutka” consumption on board & at our facilities. https://t.co/9oI7xBqQ3E
— Sanjiv Kapoor (@TheSanjivKapoor) June 5, 2018
A few days ago, an air traveller, Lili Ganguly tweeted to Union Minister of Finance, Jayant Sinha, saying, “Dear @jayantsinha sir, I have encountered several times when fellow passengers sitting beside having gutka in the flight which not only smells but also disturbing to see them spitting the same into bags. A request if gutka can be banned in flights #BanGutka.”
Dear @jayantsinha Sir @MoCA_GoI I am really disappointed with not even an acknowledgement of my below tweet which is about inflight public convenience .I would keep on writing on this and not give up .Cc:@PMOIndia https://t.co/9wh3a6yOjr
— Lali (@LaliGanguli) May 28, 2018